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Former Birdsall Services executive pleads guilty in New Jersey pay-to-play violation case

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced July 7 that Alan Hilla of Jupiter, Florida. has pled guilty to his role in the Birsdall Services Group (BSG) scheme that involved more than $1 million illegal political contributions made through firm employees to evade the state’s pay-to-play laws.

New Jersey settles with home improvement financing company over alleged consumer protection violations

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced June 22 that GreenSky Servicing LLC, a company that provides fast financing for home improvement projects, will pay $100,000 in penalties and $60,000 in consumer restitution after allegations of violating New Jersey’s consumer protection laws.

ConocoPhillips to pay $39 million to settle environmental damage allegations

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced May 25 that the ConocoPhillips Company will pay $39 million after allegations of environmental damage and injury to natural resources caused by a gasoline additive known as methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).

New Jersey warns 30 property managers about advertisements

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced April 26 that the Division of Civil Rights has issued a warning letter to roughly 30 property managers in the state about posting advertisements that, he says, discourage applicants from paying with federal Section 8 assistance vouchers.

New Jersey AG takes action against contractor

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced April 20 a complaint against a local contractor over allegations of deceiving Superstorm Sandy victims.

Horizon NJ Health to pay former employee $80,000 after alleged wrongful termination

New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino recently announced that health insurer Horizon NJ Health will pay $80,000 to a former employee after allegations of wrongful termination.

New Jersey: Two members of major pay-to-play scheme plead guilty

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced April 12 that two former executives of Birdsall Services Group (BSG) have pleaded guilty for allegations of participating in a scheme to avoid the state’s pay-to-play law through having firm employees make $1 million in corporate political contributions illegally.

New Jersey announces charges against insurance agent for alleged fraud, money laundering

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) announced charges April 5 against a local insurance agent, Arthur Sinuk, for alleged insurance fraud, money laundering and theft by deception.

N.J. AG: state Bureau of Securities orders man to pay $1 million for alleged fraud

New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino announced March 28 that the state’s Bureau of Securities has ordered Edge Trading LLC and its president, Mark J. Moskowitz, to pay $1 million in penalties after allegations of selling unregistered fraudulent securities.

North Jersey Dermatology Clinic pays $150,000 after allegations of pregnancy discrimination

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the state’s Division of Consumer Protection announced March 1 that the North Jersey Dermatology Clinic have paid $150,000 to a former employee after allegations of unlawfully discriminating against the employee by firing her when she went on maternity leave.

New Jersey targets Hilton Homewood Suites hotel, alleging discrimination against female employees

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the state’s Division of Civil Rights announced Feb. 10 the filing of a complaint against a Hilton Homewood Suites hotel for allegations of discriminating against female employees.

Horizon Healthcare Services settles data breach case for $1.1 million

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced Feb. 17 that Horizon Healthcare Services Inc., the state’s largest health care provider, will pay $1.1 million and improve data security practices after allegations of failing to properly protect the privacy of close to 690,000 New Jersey policyholders.

Shan and Toad to change refund policy to avoid alleged 'redlining'

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced Feb. 16 that internet children’s clothing retailer Shan and Toad will change its policy of not offering refunds for consumers in certain locations.

Seven Advanced Auto Part locations agree to alter New Jersey practices after price violation allegations

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced Feb. 1 that Advance Stores Company Inc., an automotive parts and accessories retailer, will pay $69,000 and reform its business practices after allegations of price violations.

VIZIO settles New Jersey case related to consumer protection allegations, to pay $2.5 million

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced Feb. 6 that Smart TV manufacturer VIZIO Inc. (VIZIO) and its subsidiary VIZIO Inscape Services LLC (Inscape) will pay $2.5 million after allegations of illegally tracking consumers’ television viewing habits.

CITGO settles New Jersey-based case of alleged fraud with $456,610 penalty

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced Jan. 12 that Texas-based CITGO Petroleum (CITGO) will pay $456,610 after allegations of violating the Motor Fuels Act, the Consumer Fraud Act and the Advertising Regulations.

Fertility Bridge settles with New Jersey, will remove libel clause from consumer contracts

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced Jan. 4 that Fertility Bridges will settle allegations it effectively barred consumers from posting negative reviews of the website online.

New Jersey cites 21 unlicensed moving companies, fines each $2,500

NEWARK, N.J.(Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced Dec. 16 that the state’s Division of Consumer Affairs cited 21 unlicensed moving companies and fined them each $2,500.

New Jersey attorney general targets contractor that allegedly defrauded Sandy victims

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced charges this week against Richard R. Woodard of Clearwater, Fla., and his company, Willwood Builders Corporation (Willwood Builders).

Clifton Taxi to pay $42,000 after allegedly violating New Jersey discrimination law

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — Clifton Taxi and Limousine Inc. will pay $42,000 after allegations of ignoring a deaf woman’s attempts to hire a cab using a telecommunications relay service, New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino has announced.